THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
GREATER THAN JOHN
December 13, 2012
Jesus makes an astonishing statement: “Amen, amen, I
say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that
I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going
to the Father.” (Jn 14:12). We will do greater works
than Jesus did? Well, Jesus made a similar astonishing statement
before. He said, “Amen, I say to you, among those born
of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
(Mt 11:11). The least is greater than John the Baptist?
is this all about? It is about the great privilege that Jesus
gives his disciples. Jesus is going to the Father, and it
is now up to us to continue his work of salvation on earth.
John’s greatness lay in his task of announcing the imminence
of the Kingdom. But we not only announce the good news of
salvation in Jesus and eternal life, but we are already in
the Kingdom, having a foretaste of that life in heaven. We
have been saved. We are restored to being children of the
sends us forth in his name, to do his work, to help bring
souls to heaven. This is the all-important work of the Kingdom.
This is why if we BE.LI.EV.E, then we can
do even greater works.
This is important, because the enemy is powerful. Satan, a
fallen angel, is stronger than any of us. His worldly forces--the
USA, EU, UN, billionaires, giant multinationals--have economic,
political and military power. And they are all determined
to impose the culture of death on the whole world. This includes
an assault on faith, especially on the Roman Catholic Church.
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom
of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it
by force.” (Mt 11:12). The diabolical powers are indeed
violent, causing the dreadful holocaust of the unborn, severing
marriage bonds, destroying families, spreading the scourge
of HIV/AIDS, assaulting pro-lifers, killing Christians. The
tsunami of evil rampages!
Jesus is the stronger man. And if we have faith, the Holy
Spirit empowers us. Even as we are in a David vs Goliath fight,
even as the diabolical forces are overwhelming, we know that
faith works wonders. Nothing is impossible
with God. “I will open up rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the broad valleys; I will turn the desert
into a marshland, and the dry ground into springs of water.”
calls us, sends us, and in the process empowers us. We need
not be afraid of the enemy or the fight. “For I am the
Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand; it is I who say
to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’” (Is
41:13). In doing so, God enables us to do greater works, to
do what is impossible. “I will make of you a threshing
sledge, sharp, new, and double-edged, to thresh the mountains
and crush them, to make the hills like chaff.” (Is 41:15).
Wow! What might! A crushing sledgehammer!
promised we will do greater works, and God will accomplish
this in us. “The Lord is trustworthy in every word,
and faithful in every work.” (Ps 145:13b). If we BE.LI.EV.E,
then we will make “known to all (God’s) power”
(Ps 145:12a). When the Holy Spirit acts in power in and through
us, we give all the glory to God, “that all may see
and know, observe and understand, that the hand of the Lord
has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.”
has ears ought to hear.” (Mt 11:15).